Book of My Choosing - 2018 · Book Review · Crime/Thriller/Mystery/Horror · In-Person Book Club

Book Review: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson


Pages: 360
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Publication Date:
February 7, 2012
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Trust, Deception, Amnesia, Memories


Every day, Christine wakes up uncertain of who she is, where she is, and who the man is that lives with her. Even when Christine learns some her past during the day, when she falls asleep it all disappears. The only memories she seems to remember are the ones from her childhood.

In the end, she must rely on her husband, her doctor, and her journal to try to piece together her life. But the question – who can she trust?

my review

This is a book that I buddy read with a close friend. We got this book together and periodically paused to discuss it in the course of a couple of months.

One of my favorite aspects of the book was the fact that it had me guessing and filled me with curiosity until the end. Because we are given just Christine’s perspective, including her journal entries, we don’t really know the whole story right away. The author cleverly gives bits and pieces of what happened to Christine as the story progresses. Though when the ending came about, I wasn’t totally surprised and I’m not sure how I feel about how the book actually ended. I think I would have liked to peek into the future a bit.

Protagonist Christine is the most developed, while the others are developed well enough to keep the story moving and interesting. I really felt for Christine and her doubts, uncertainty, and helplessness at times. Can’t even imagine how it must feel to wake up every morning not knowing what has happened the past twenty years and try to relearn everything about your life before it all disappears again.

There was never a dull moment and it was hard to put the book down. Though I was worried it was going to be a reboot of ‘Fifty First Dates’ (the movie), I’m glad it wasn’t. It was a read that I fully enjoyed and plan to check out more books by this author.

My Rating5 stars


I would recommend this those who enjoy psychological thrillers and don’t mind reading in journal form for part of the book.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
67 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

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